Dominion Road Cultural Landscape Plan

Incorporating cultural heritage with urban streetscapes

Auckland Transport consulted with iwi to explore the opportunities for cultural heritage to be incorporated into the design of Dominion Road’s proposed $40m upgrade. Boffa Miskell worked with Iwi and a group of Māori specialists in stormwater, vegetation and cultural design to develop a Cultural Landscape Plan identifying a set of Māori values that could be integrated within the streetscape.

Boffa Miskell landscape architects developed design strategies for the site under three themes iwi had identified: maunga and the surrounding landscape, vegetation and water.

‘Cultural footprint’ design concepts were created to demonstrate how the strategies could be implemented in key places along Dominion Road such as bus interchanges, side streets, parks and three main villages. Traditional stories and designs are referenced to highlight the three themes, tracing the footprints of what came before the urbanised landscape.

As part of the surrounding landscape theme, two further narratives were proposed across the project; Whākiri Weaving Designs and the Native Bird Narrative. These are representative of the region Dominion Road crosses through and provide spiritual and symbolic meaning.

A number of locations along Dominion Road were identified as being associated with one of the themes, providing opportunities to weave different stories into the streetscape. The range of sites acting as cultural interventions allow for interpretation of a range of stories and values and different ways for the public to engage with the streetscape.

A series of community projects were envisaged along the cycleway that runs in parallel with Dominion Road, including a crossing of Oakley Creek. Our landscape architects worked with mana whenua to develop a concept design for the Hinaki Bridge, which draws reference to the woven flax eel traps used by Māori in the creek. A dawn blessing ceremony was held on June 5th 2015 to mark the opening of the bridge.

Our role

Landscape architecture

The facts

ClientAuckland Transport, Te Ākitai, Ngāti Tamaoho, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Whātua
Project teamMichael Hawes
Mark Lewis
Ben Clark
Rachel de Lambert
Worked with

Malcolm Paterson – Cultural Heritage
Hana Mihi – Cultural Design
Lucie Rutherford – Stormwater
Charmaine Weepo – Vegetation

Project dateApril 2013 – June 2013
AwardsCategory Finalist for Te Karanga o te Tui, NZILA Resene Pride of Place Landscape Architecture Awards 2015